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Performing arts

GUILFORD "It Can't Happen Here" (Staged Reading): 2 p.m. upstairs at Guilford Center Stage. $12. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-1961.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Literary Festival - Charles Coe and Patrick Donnelly: "Memento Mori" is Coe's meditation on mortality, change, and loss. Rather than being simply somber, this volume observes our human condition through a poetic kaleidoscope, with glimpses of irony and humor that offer a refreshing contrast to more difficult moments. Donnelly's lush, lexically gorgeous, emotionally complex poems of "Little-Known Operas" guide us through the terrain of love, sex, same-sex marriage, illness, death, and art. Ilya Kaminsky describes it as "a book of tenderness towards everyone who's been in pain, everyone who’s been ill, everyone who’s had a mother, loved music, everyone who"s lived on this third planet from the sun." . 10 - 11:15 p.m. (For more Festival events today, visit 2019/09/Program-Bratt-Lit-10-2019.pdf). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WEST TOWNSHEND West River Community Project - Harvest Festival: Celebrate Fall with an afternoon of cider pressing, hot cider, kids activities, market vendors, bluegrass and old time string band music, thrift store goodies, prizes and raffles. 12 noon - 4 p.m. behind the Store (2 p.m. potluck and pig roast with local roasted vegetables in outdoor oven. Suggested donation: $5 for festival, $6 to $12 for potluck. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Windham World Affairs Council "La Habana 500 anos": As Havana is preparing to celebrate the 500th anniversary of its founding on November 16, 1519, this film which highlights the efforts to restore Havana's historical colonial architecture was produced by Cathryn Griffith, who also produced the book "Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage" (W. W. Norton) - copies available. 5 p.m. (film runs 40 minutes). Free. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Northeast Fiddlers Association Fiddle Meet: An NEFA meet always begins with a tune circle. As fiddlers arrive, they sign up on a numbered list and then, if they wish, join the circle. In the circle, people take turns in choosing the tunes to be played. Then, master of ceremonies Tom Berry takes the list up onto the stage and starts calling fiddlers up to each play three tunes of their choice. There will be a piano player available to play backup. Many NEFA members are not actually fiddlers but other musicians, (guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin), dancers, and folks who come to the meets to listen. Concession stand has hot dogs, burgers, fries, sometimes soup or chili are served, and a sales table where donated baked goods and crafts are sold to benefit NEFA. 12 noon: Tune circle. 1 p.m: Fiddlers come up individually to play. Meet lasts until the last fiddler has played and concludes with a group of fiddlers up on the stage playing farewell tunes together (ends by 4 p.m.). Free. Bellows Falls Moose Lodge, 61 Westminster St. Information: Jill Newton: 802-869-3515.

BRATTLEBORO Musica Eclectica - "From Bach to Bossa Nova": This new local musical ensemble offers a debut concert of Music and Poetry to benefit the Luz del Mundo Scholarship Fund for children in Apopa, El Salvador. With Jesse Lepkoff, flutes, voice, and guitar; Christien Beeuwkes, cello, voice; and Dana Maiben, violin and piano. Featuring Chamber Music by Bach, Telemann, and Haydn; original Bossa Nova Songs by Jesse Lepkoff; and the Brattleboro premiere of a new Song Cycle by Dana Maiben. 5 p.m. By donation. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Information: 802-254-4730; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO World Singing Day Community Sing-a-Long: Let's join our voices together. We'll have a songbook of over 100 well-known songs from many traditions (folk, golden oldies, gospel, Beatles, old pop and rock, show tunes, etc.) and take turns choosing what to sing. The song lyrics will be projected on a screen for all to see. There will be guitar accompaniment and a song leader to help guide the music. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: Rich Grumbine:


BRATTLEBORO Sheet Mulching Permablitz with Edible Brattleboro - A Hands-on Workshop: Fall is the time to prepare new beds for spring planting. We will teach this method of building healthy soil as we create our newest help-yourself satellite garden in the front yard of a private home. Come ready to move organic matter, move soil, and get a little dirty. If you can, bring garden gloves and a spade. 2 - 5 p.m. Address provided upon registration. Free (donations accepted with gratitude). Private Home in Downtown Brattleboro. Register:

Local history

VERNON Levi Allen: Ethan's Black Sheep Brother: The Vernon Historians host this program by author, historian, and educator Vincent Feeney. Levi Allen was an outsider within his own family and a Loyalist during the American Revolution. His life presents a vivid picture of the turmoil that a prominent American family experienced during the formative years of Vermont and the American Republic. Refreshments served. 2:30 p.m. downstairs (following 2 p.m. business meeting). Free. Vernon Town Offices, 567 Governor Hunt Rd.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Enchanted Halloween - Nine Years of Fall Magic on Solar Hill: The Neighborhood Schoolhouse invites families to celebrate the magical side of the Halloween season. Attractions include a bouncy house, arts and crafts, scarecrow making, face painting, tarot readings, delicious homemade food, and plenty of other fun. This is a fundraiser for the scholarship fund, which benefits most of the students. 12 noon - 5 p.m. $10, $5 kids, $25 family pass. Neighborhood Schoolhouse, 231 Western Ave. Tickets:

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Food Co-op Truckload Sale: Save up to 50% on cases of food. Order sheets available now. Pre-pay at any register by 10/18 and be guaranteed the product at the best sale price of the year. . Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.


W. BRATTLEBORO The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro: Self-help organization for families who have had a child die. Provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. All immediate family members are welcome including adult siblings. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (3rd Sunday of every month). Free. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. M. Beverly Miller: 802-490-2326.

NEWFANE Mudras, Mantras, and Meditation: Explore mantras (repetitive sanskrit phrases), mudras (hand gestures), and meditation (quiet contemplation) to address major obstacles and to inspire lasting change in our lives. This helps cultivate deep relaxation by calming the mind. With Tracy Donahue. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. Through Sunday, November 17. $20 per session. Newfane Village Yoga, 599 Rte. 30. Sign up:

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Edible Brattleboro's "Share the Harvest": Help-yourself public gardens - harvest whatever is ready. Look for the green flags and instructions on how to harvest. Thanks to the generosity of local farmers and gardeners, Edible Brattleboro distributed about 2,500 pounds of free produce last summer. Edible Brattleboro is fully volunteer run. Donations (time, surplus from your garden, money) are not required, but graciously accepted. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sundays (also at the Brattleboro Co-op, rear parking lot.). Through Sunday, October 27. Produce is free (bring your own bags). Turning Point, 39 Elm St. To help out or for more info: Marilyn:,



October 2019